Happy National Pancake Day! History, Recipes, and Freebies!

Happy National Pancake Day! Learn a little about the incredible pancake, share some delicious recipes, and find out where to get a FREE pancake on this sweet holiday!

The History of the Pancake

Do you know how many different varieties of pancakes there are?!  There are so many, I can’t even name them all! Every country has their own interpretation of the pancake. (Someday, I may just travel the world and try them all!)

A pancake is a thin batter made of flour, milk, and egg and fried until golden on a griddle. It has been said that pancakes were made up on a Shrove Tuesday (Mardi Gras) in order to use up some of the items people had before Ash Wednesday.  

Pancakes are also called flapjacks, hotcakes, crepes, or griddle cakes. We eat them for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays. If your birthday happens in the middle of the week, you’re in luck!  I’ll make you a pancake for breakfast!  

Pancakes can be eaten with syrup, powdered sugar, fruit, or a creamy filling.  That is what is best about the pancake. It can be topped and filled with many different things! Check out some recipes below to make your own delicious pancake! These are easy for kids to help with, too!

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Here are some of my family’s favorite pancake recipes:

Pancake Recipes

Oatmeal Pancakes

By Nancy Monat


2 cups milk
1 ½ cups quick oatmeal
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs (beaten)
⅓ cup shortening (melted)


  1. Mix milk and oatmeal. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a separate bowl.
  3. Add egg and shortening to oatmeal mix.
  4. Add flour mix to oatmeal mix.  Stir until well combined.
  5. Pour ¼ cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle, turning only once.
  6. Enjoy hot cake with butter and syrup.

Optional: chocolate chips, whipped topping, strawberries, strawberry syrup, or blueberries

Buttermilk Pancakes

By Sandy Ingle


2 ½  cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoon sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs (beaten)
2 ½ tablespoons butter (melted)


  1. Mix all the dry ingredients together.
  2. Mix eggs and milk together. Add butter.
  3. Add to dry mix and mix lightly.  
  4. Pour ¼ cup into a hot cast iron skillet, turning once all bubbles have popped.  
  5. Enjoy with syrup or fresh fruit.  

Homemade Syrup

By Amber Monat

(I use this when I’m in a pinch and forgot to buy maple syrup at the store!)


1 tablespoon melted butter (I like to add more sometimes. I love buttery syrup)
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup white sugar
¼ teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon maple flavoring
1 cup water


  1. Combine all ingredients except maple flavoring.  
  2. Bring to a boil and let simmer 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in maple flavoring. Enjoy on hot cakes.

More Delicious Pancake Recipes

IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Puffy Oven Pancake (“Hootin’ Annies”)

Leftover Mashed Potato Pancakes

Danish Pancakes/Crepes 

Homemade Syrup

Get a Free Pancake at Your Local IHOP!

If you don’t have time to  make your own pancakes, you can always go find a great breakfast restaurant to serve you fresh hot pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! You can get a free pancake at your local IHOP

Want to find out what national holiday it is tomorrow? Check this calendar and find out new ways to celebrate every day of the year! 

Happy National Pancake Day! Go and eat a stack of hotcakes!


Amber has called Iowa home all her life. She and her husband Jeremy live on an acreage just south of Traer where they raise their 6 blue eyed, blonde haired babes. Amber is a stay at home mama to 3 girls ages 12, 9, & 4 and 3 boys ages 2,1, & 7 months. Amber earned an AAS in Early Childhood Education at Hawkeye Community College. She also spent 9 years in the Iowa Army National Guard. Amber is always busy attending Redhawk sporting events, 4­H meetings, teaching RE classes at St. Paul, reading stories, playing house, cooking, feeding various animals, & running around after her kids. In her spare time (ha!) she likes to can produce out of the huge garden her husband plants every year, read a book to the end, watch a good movie (that she normally falls asleep in the middle of) and spend time with Jeremy, which is normally at Iowa Hawkeye Wrestling Meets! Go Hawks!


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